Recruiting Update

Friday night college basketball will be starting and the University of Illinois will have a host of players in town. Last night we spoke with Demetri McCamey on who's coming to Champaign this weekend.

We all know that star guard Demetri McCamey from Westchester, Illinois will be in town on Friday. But who's coming with him? "Well, I'm coming in early Friday for Midnight Madness, but I'm bringing a friend with me that's interested in Illinois - Josh Crittle," McCamey said. Crittle is a 6-7, 210 power forward from Chicago's Hales Franciscan. Crittle is seriously looking at Illinois, DePaul and Iowa.

Because McCamey's mother is getting married on Saturday, he will have to leave early Saturday afternoon to attend her wedding. "I think it's a good idea I attend her wedding. It wouldn't be too cool if I missed that," joked McCamey.

According to Demetri he knows that current commitment players Bill Cole of Peoria, Illinois and Mike Tisdale of Riverton, Illinois plan to be there as well. So the next natural question would be if North Central Indianapolis, Indiana's (and maybe the best player in the 2007 class) Eric Gordon will be in attendance. "We talk all the time. He told me he was going to try and come this weekend to Midnight Madness. I got a text message from him today," McCamey said. Over the past three or four months Gordon and McCamey have been pretty close and stay in contact with each other quite a bit.

Demetri also talked about Lewis Jackson. "I know they are recruiting him. I'm not sure if he's coming down this weekend, but from what I know of him he's a great defender and jumps very well for a guy his size," added McCamey.

There are also reports that DeAndre Liggins will be on campus this weekend. We haven't been able to contact Liggins to confirm his visit. He's currently ranked as the 7th best small forward in the class of 2008 and has Liggins listed as a four-star recruit. will provide an update when we can confirm other recruits arriving for Midnight Madness.

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